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St. Pete City Council won’t spend $1.5 million on sewers … yet

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St. Pete City Council members voted not to allocate $1.5 million of the $6.5 million paid out as a result of the BP oil spill settlement to pay for sewage infrastructure repairs at a meeting Monday evening. Instead, the council voted 7-0 to ask staff to come back next week with a resolution highlighting the city’s commitment to increasing funding for the projects. At issue is whether or not the city should use BP settlement funds for sewage repairs or…

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Anthony Holloway would consider gun cameras for St. Pete officers

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St. Pete Police Chief Anthony Holloway would consider putting cameras on his officers if he could purchase ones that were mounted on officers’ guns. That way, video would start anytime an officer unholstered his/her weapon. “If I pull my weapon than it’s recorded and you’ll see everything that happened,” Holloway said during a City Council update Monday afternoon. “That solves the privacy issues.” Holloway was referring to his stance on body cameras in which he frequently sites concerns that victims’…

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St. Pete City Council committee wants to spend $1.5 million on sewers

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A St. Pete City Council committee voted Monday to spend $1.5 million of the total $6.5 million awarded the city as a result of a settlement in the BP oil spill disaster. St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman had recommended spending $1 million for infrastructure repairs and replacement. Earlier discussions about the BP oil spill award showed some City Council members wanted to spend more of the money on immediate repairs in the wake of 31 million gallons of raw and…

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Momma Tee Lassiter: Activist or antagonist?

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When does a person’s civic activism go too far? Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter is perhaps the feistiest of engaged citizens in St. Petersburg. She attends every meeting. She’s seen in the background of many city news conferences, business openings and ribbon cuttings. She backs candidates and condemns others. And sometimes she’s thrown out of meetings. Elected officials in St. Pete know Momma Tee well. Other engaged citizens know her well. But for those who don’t there are a few things…

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Grand Prix to race in St. Pete through 2020

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The St. Pete Grand Prix got the green flag to race in downtown until 2020. The original deal would have expired in 2017. Chris Ballestra, the city’s managing director of development coordination, told City Council the administration had negotiated with the company Green Savoree to secure an updated contract that allows the Indy Car race to continue in St. Pete while still protecting residents and the city’s interests. The new deal includes about an extra $350,000 in benefits to the…

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St. Pete moves swiftly to repair elderly woman’s home

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“Who says government can’t act?” That was the question posed by St. Pete City Council chair Charlie Gerdes Thursday morning after what turned out to be a feel good action by the board. Annie Franklin, a South St. Pete resident, delivered a tearful plea to City Council asking for help getting a lock fixed on her home. It was broken after a fire erupted at another home at the end of her block. Franklin described through tears that there was…

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An inside look at Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s campaign challenges

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Victorious St. Pete City Council candidate Lisa-Wheeler-Brown’s campaign wasn’t exactly ideal. Negative attacks following the Primary Election clouded her intended message and dominated conversation in the media. And, as a result, her campaign management became too much of the conversation. “We work very hard to keep the consultants out of the story,” said Tom Alte, a consultant with the campaign. “You want the candidates to be able to get their message out and to talk to the voters and tell them what…

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